Posts made in July, 2016

4 Tips for Getting Wooden Furniture for Your Garden or Patio

If you’re looking for patio or garden furniture, you’ll notice that where wood was once king, you have a myriad of choices to go with. While some of these may be cheaper and less maintenance-intensive, nothing beats the charm of a wooden outdoor set.

Hand-crafted wooden furniture has its charm; it can be the perfect finish to a professionally landscaped garden, increasing your home’s curb appeal. If you’re considering wooden furniture, the following tips will help you make the most out of your purchase.

1. Choosing your wood

Your choice of wood is a lot more important when selecting outdoor furniture compared with indoor furniture. Teak wood is a popular choice because it hold up to elemental exposure better than most woods, including hardwoods. You can leave your teak furniture unfinished or oil it to prevent natural fading from exposure to the sun. Plan to buy all your teak outdoor furniture simultaneously, however, so that they don’t fade at different rates.

If you can’t afford teak, you can still use any type of wood that has noteworthy resistance to pets and rotting – cedar, acacia and eucalyptus are a few options. In addition, ensure the wood is treated and sealed, and plan to have it resealed at least annually to keep from warping and other damage.

2. Planting your garden

Care should be taken when planting your garden if you want to have outdoor wooden furniture. Certain types of plants can attract pests that may damage your wooden furniture, so talk to your gardener/landscaper about choosing the right plants. Match your garden furniture with the overall look of your garden – darker woods are ideal for more wooded gardens. If you have lighter-coloured objects, a cedar furniture painted white or tan would do better

3. Installing a covering

If you’re looking for furniture for a partially-covered patio, you have a lot more freedom regarding choice of wood. If you have no covering, consider investing in an outdoor blind that can be drawn when it’s excessively sunny or rainy to preserve your furniture in top condition as well as increase your enjoyment of the space. Retractable outdoor blinds can be stowed away when not needed and they can considerably extend the life of your outdoor furniture.

4. Storing your furniture

You can add years to your outdoor furniture by storing away in a shed or garage during off-seasons such as winter. Even teak furniture will benefit from the storage when not in use. If you have limited storage space, you can invest in foldable furniture or furniture that can be disassembled for easier storage.

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Must-Have Features for Today’s Kitchen Cabinets

Today’s kitchen cabinets are more functional than ever before; they are no longer just a box with shelves inside, but can be custom made to suit your needs in particular, or may come with a number of convenient features that make food prep and storage much easier. Before you start shopping for cabinets or work with a cabinetmaker to have something custom made, note a few of those features to consider.

Interior lighting

There’s no need to turn on an overhead light or struggle to see what’s in the back of a cabinet when you can easily add LED lights. These don’t emit much if any heat, and they offer a soft glow that is perfect for cabinetry. You can find LED lights that work like a refrigerator light, coming on whenever a door is opened, and they may be installed overhead or in a rope along the back of the cabinet.

Pull-out tables

A cabinet can easily double your work space or offer a place for eating with a pull-out table. This is a sturdy board that slides under the benchtop when not in use.

Shallow drawers

Your drawers in a kitchen cabinet may be wasting space if they’re very deep, as you may not need all that depth for cutlery. Shallow drawers allow you more storage, as you can fit two shallow drawers in the same space as one drawer of standard depth. This gives you more space for flatware and many cooking utensils while still keeping them organized.

Hook and shelves inside the doors

The inside of your cabinet doors is often wasted space, but trying to add hooks and shelves to these doors yourself can just damage them. You can instead opt for cabinets with hooks for utensils and small shelves for items like envelopes of seasoning or spices. This maximizes your kitchen storage space while also helping you stay organized.

Specialized shelving

Are you a wine buff? Then choose cabinets with slots for wine bottles. Are you very eco-conscious? Look for cabinets with rollout drawers that hold recycling bins. If you use a lot of vegetables like onions and potatoes in your cooking, choose cabinets with bins that have fronts that fold down; you can store the vegetables there and have quick access to them without taking up space on the benchtop. A built-in shelf that holds a television with space for a power cord in the back can mean staying entertained while cooking. Consider your specialized needs for your kitchen and have these built into your cabinets.

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